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North of Craggy Gardens, Catawba Rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense, = Purple...

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Caption: North of Craggy Gardens, Catawba Rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense, = Purple Rhododendron, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina; _MG_9720.CR2
Location: North of Craggy Gardens
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Sparkling Violet-ear, Colibri coruscans, Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is one of the most famous places in Colombia to view birds; consist mainly of montane wet forest or cloud forest; widespread in highlands of northern and western South America, including a large part of the Andes (from Argentina and northwards), the Venezuelan Coastal Range and the Tepuis. It occurs in a wide range of semi-open habitats, even in gardens and parks within major cities such as Quito, and is often the most common species of hummingbird in its range. The sparkling violetear is most abundant near coniferous or evergreen eucalyptus forests. it has the smallest mean blood-air barrier thickness (0.183 m) and the highest mass-specific respiratory surface area in birds (87 cm/g). Birds find mates at leks, areas where groups of males try to attract a female to mate. After mating, the male was once believed to leave all nesting responsibilities to the female. However, according to reports, male sparkling violet-ears were seen twice caring for their young. Columbia, South America; VioletearS99735P85h.jpg
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Glowing Puffleg, Eriocnemis vestita, hummingbird, Trochilidae;  La Calera Hummigbird Garden, La Calera; Eastern Andes (2600 - 3600 m / 8530 - 11810 Ft. Columbia, Colombia, South America; PufflegG17345crcmzvs.tif
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